RHINELANDER - Oneida County's been working without an elected district attorney since Michael Bloom took over as a county judge. Last week Oneida County elected Mike Schiek of Rhinelander to be its new district attorney.
The criminal defense lawyer says it was a great experience, but a long campaign.
"I took a big breath and relaxed a little bit. It felt like there was a lot of weight off my shoulders. It's been a long couple of months and there was some anxiety, obviously, but when it was over with I slept very good," says Schiek.
That's how Schiek felt when he saw the final returns come in around midnight on election night.
The job officially starts January first, but Governor Walker could appoint him to start early.
Much like judges, new district attorneys must go through training.
"There's some training that's coming up in early December for newly elected district attorneys. I don't know what the agenda is specifically yet, but I'm hoping they'll give a little guidance as far as what you can expect, what your other duties are other than just prosecuting cases will be," says Schiek.
Since Schiek is currently a criminal defense attorney, he'll have to help his clients find new representation. And those going through the Oneida County system will have to be assigned special prosecutors.
"We're just making sure all the clients are comfortable with the decisions they want to make and we don't have any future problems in the DA's office because we certainly don't want any appearance of impropriety," says Schiek.
Schiek says it's bittersweet leaving his practice of ten years, but he's looking forward to learning the ropes at the DA's office.
Big bucks to expand nutrition, physical education in Wisconsin schools
WISCONSIN - Seven Wisconsin school districts have been awarded a total of $3.2 million in federal grants to help them expand their nutrition and physical-education programs.
To qualify, the districts have to implement programs that teach students healthy eating habits and good nutrition. They also have to make sure kids have access to certain physical fitness activities, which could include fitness assessments or developing certain team skills.
The largest grant is going to the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, which will receive about $850,000. The Mukwonago Area School District and Pittsville School District will each get about $445,000.
WISCONSIN - Six out of ten people with Alzheimers and dementia will wander off at some point.
That puts them at risk for injury or even death. And not all of those people are found quickly enough.
That's why Governor Scott Walker recently signed a bill that will help find them quicker.
The Wisconsin Silver Alert bill will create a program that works like an Amber Alert for missing children.
An effective alert system is crucial to the Northwoods because of the growing aging population and severe winter weather.
For advocacy groups like the Alzheimer's Association, the new bill is a huge victory.
"Family caregivers of people who have Alzheimers, or another type of dementia are worried and concerned about whether or not their loved one might wander away from home," said Julie St. Pierre, an outreach specialist for the Alzheimer's Association in Rhinelander. "It's very important that those caregivers out there know that there are important resources that can help keep their loved ones safe in the home. The Silver Alert is certainly now a part of that safety net that we have in place."
The Alzheimer's Association was just one group that worked closely with the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network to get this bill passed.
A coordinator for the network believes this system will save lives.
"This bill really advances [us] one step forward in addressing the needs of an aging population. And that's extremely important in the Northwestern part of Wisconsin," said Joe Libowsky, coordinator for the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network. "In the Rhinelander area, where you have fairly severe weather, it makes the urgency of getting out the alert as quickly as possible even more important."
The alert system will heavily involve all 500 law enforcement agencies in the state to respond to at-risk adults who are reported missing.
Wisconsin joins 30 other states with a silver alert system.
RHINELANDER - We may want spring, but Mother Nature has other plans. Whether you like it or not more snow is on the way. We got people's reaction to the upcoming snowstorm. Click on the video link to watch.
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